Ruth Reinhardt led a great DSO ReMix concert, but Moody Performance Hall acoustics were misjudged

09.22.18
Ruth Reinhardt
The Dallas Morning News

Saturday's performance, the second of two, offered a most appealing intermission-free program, and conductor Ruth Reinhardt gave it life, authority and elegance. Reinhardt's contract as the DSO's assistant conductor expired after last season, but she's continuing to lead some programs this season. With inherently musical inclinations, she supplies clear conceptions and gestures. And how refreshing it is to see a conductor use her left hand strategically - mainly to shape a phrase, control a dynamic or underline an accent - rather than simply mirroring her right hand. 

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...this performance [of Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin] was a marvel of carefully layered dynamics and balances, and phrases lovingly molded.

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Regarding Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony: "The outer movements were splendidly effervescent, but always shapely. The waltzlike third movement had the kind of rhythmic buoyancy that makes you want to swing along with the music. Any musician can produce crescendos, but Reinhardt and the DSO musicians kept demonstrating the rarer asset of subtle but striking decrescendos."

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